Friends Staff Grows; Thanks to a Long-time Volunteer | Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Friends of the MST staff has grown by two; Ben Jones, as Coastal Crescent Project Manager, and Carrie Vernia as Office Manager. And 12-year volunteer Liz Dean signs off. Ben is connecting with and advocating for local stakeholders along the route of the Coastal Crescent and conducting analysis, planning, and design work to continue the trails development in these areas. He is also working on the ground to build new trail and support volunteer efforts as this new and exciting route continues to build momentum. Ben lives in Durham with his wife Carrie and 8 month old son Parker. He is a recent graduate of NC State's Master's of Landscape Architecture program and an experienced horticulturalist. While at NC state he worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant for the departments of Landscape Architecture and Horticultural Science, a research assistant with the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab, and as a design consultant with the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail. Carrie, in her